One cannot argue against the basic human thesis that “All Lives Matter.” Most — if not all — believe that, for as long as humans have existed, virtually all advanced civilizations have supported and defended that proposition, many with their lives. In fact, that precept has never been in dou…

As if we needed another shadow obscuring the dwindling light of early autumn, we learned last weekend that within two hours of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — circling like a vulture — pledged that he, Donald Trump and their GOP Senate colleagues, woul…

Ms. Olivia Campbell-Andersen is the executive director of Renewable Energy Vermont, an organization of more than a hundred businesses, law firms and lobbyists peddling subsidies for wind and solar electricity. It should come as no surprise that she is quick to try to dispel the idea Californ…

Donald Trump thinks that the federal government should be run as a business; that its purpose is to facilitate making money. He has stripped federal departments of funding, reversed regulations and reduced taxes for the wealthy, to his own financial benefit and for major corporations.

McConnell, Trump and William Barr: Triumvirate is what they are. Unlawful governance (so dark) is how they choose to leave their mark (like boys who write their names in snow). This loathsome threesome has to go.

As a university professor who has worked for educators in the U.S. Congress and was raised by high school teachers, I’m constantly thinking about the education system and how best to equip the next generation of leaders. I’ve also been interviewing educators throughout Vermont, as schools ca…

As the mom of a 6- and a 9-year-old, I’m starting to get tough questions about climate change. (Yes, elementary kids know all about climate change.) They are problem-solvers and have been taught that we can do hard things when we work together. None of the answers I’ve given them about why w…

The end of August marked the return of many of our students to campus. Beyond the masks, the intense new cleaning regimens and mandatory COVID-19 testing, the return of students has brought back a semblance of normalcy during these strange and unsettling times. Their return has also provided…

There are many eye-opening revelations in the book just out by Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, titled “Disloyal,” and his on-the-record discussions about the book. One of Cohen’s revelations is Trump has absolutely no respect for evangelical Christianity and the prea…

Perhaps Donald Trump’s greatest — most significant, anyway — accomplishment since he took office has been transforming his felonious incompetence into a political issue, even though as systems collapse around him, the void(s) left behind impact the entire country, party affiliation notwithst…

The Legislature’s Global Warming Solutions Act has been a centerpiece of the legislative session. It has become something of a rallying cry, an outlet even, for our collective concern and well-founded worry about our changing climate. Legislators have presented this bill as solving the clima…

I respect Project VISION for attempting to take a stance on racism in our community but feel it was a safe response. Project VISION grew because of a dangerous crisis — the opioid epidemic — in our community. People wanted change, came together to make it happen, and this effort grew into Pr…

Anyone who spends any time on social media quickly comes to grips with three things: First, facts get in the way of agendas; second, that most people are actually incapable of a meaningful discussion (notice we did not say debate) about what’s going on in the nation and world; and third, mor…

My opponent for Rutland Town’s House of Representatives seat doth protest too much. He missed the point regarding my concerns over the abrupt closure of Thomas Dairy, a 99-year-old Rutland Town family business that employed 30 people.

No one should have to live in their home in fear. No one should have to leave their home in fear. Home is a physical space, but it also should be the place where we go for respite and shelter, to replenish ourselves from the onslaught of life in the outside world.

After watching this Chuck E. Cheese commercial with children wearing masks, a woman as a voice-over chimes that "kids can get back to being kids." Come on, really? I'll believe it when they can remove the masks permanently.

For all the struggles that went into reopening schools this summer, Nature did smile on Vermont's teachers and learners this week as our kids returned to school: conditions have been perfect for outdoor activity. Going in circles around my hay fields, I had a lot of time to think and feel a …

In summer 2012, a large and diverse group of citizens gathered to ask what could be done about the growing opioid crisis affecting our community. That group ultimately became known as Project VISION, an eclectic coalition of virtually every agency and organization dedicated to the welfare of…

I think most of us are furious at our leadership, especially as obfuscation seems ready to kill as many Americans as World War II did. But I am most disturbed for our children, who see the president cultivating hatred with nasty bigotry, unseemly language, urging illegal actions and the unbe…

On social media, my opponent disappointingly has made disparaging comments about me and what I “should have done,” or what I “didn’t do to help save” Thomas Dairy from closing. I want to point out that I was never contacted by anyone in regard to this situation. From my understanding, neithe…

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Just over three months ago we started “Five Questions With ...” to put a human face to this pandemic. Today marks the final installment in this stage of the project, but it will continue with a new set of questions more focused on Vermont’s recovery. Here, Paul Costello, of Montpelier, offer…

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.

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Gayle Townsend-Lang, of Rutland, works full time wearing many hats for the Rutland City Public Schools as “Miss Gayle.” Here she talks about how she has been affected by the pandemic.

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Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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CPA Thomas Lauzon, of Barre, discusses how his life has been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation. Earlier this spring Lauzon was named to the governor’s Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force.

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Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

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Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

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Educator and Vermont Mountaineers General Manager Brian Gallagher, of East Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected his life. Earlier this spring, the Mountaineers’ organizers announced they would cancel the 2020 season.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

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Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.

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Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

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Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.

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Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

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Mark Breen, the "Eye on the Sky" guy from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, shares his thoughts in self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting his life.

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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.

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Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.

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Carrie Allen, of Rutland, explains how she has been coping with self-isolation and what she hopes will come from it after the pandemic is over.

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Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.

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Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.

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Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.